Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mango Season

Jelo,

Well, it`s p-day again. This week the baptisms didn`t go through. The good news is that we finally reached the goal of new investigatores (and really blew it away. Goal: 10, achievement: 16). We may not baptize much for a few weeks, but we`ve found a few great families and a few new methods of finding that really work. We also worked a lot with inactives. Sometimes the best thing we can do is shut up and just listen to people’s problems.

 I`m sad to hear about Ted Degerstrom’s death. We knew he was sick, but I always hoped he`d keep hanging on. I guess Sis. Degerstrom will be moving again? She needs the Church more than ever.
I hope Chris can earn what he needs. It sounds like a pretty good job and he`ll be a lot better prepared for the new school year with a little put away. I also hope he can focus on the most important things that he has to do. Going to the woods to hunt and getting sidetracked into logging isn`t worth much.
I guess that`s about it, aside from a fun fact. This is mango-season in the Colombian coast. The mango is a lot like the peach, for those who don`t know, and is incredibly cheap. There are about fifty million types and almost all of them are good. The only type that I have seen in the States is the only one without flavor.
Just so`s you know, I am eating fresh fruit and you`re not.
Con amor,
Elder Belù
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Focused on Finding

Hi, you folks (yolks),

This week was another week with seven days, with dark times (nights) and less dark times (days). We teached a little and walked some. Baptized a little, too (a referral who told us in the frst visit that she wanted to be baptized). We had interview with the President (Gaviria, not Obama).
We`re focused on finding, right now. We`ve got very few investigators and we`ve got to find more.
There really isn`t much changing. I have to either write a huge amount or almost nothing, because it`s my life. Everything is normal, ladies giving us Catholic blessings in the street, teaching people, doing weird things. You ought to search for a talk by Elder Holland in the MTC the 11th of January, 2011. It`s incredible, quoting the last chapter of John and using it to explain about the call (¨When I asked you to leave your nets, it was forever. When I asked you to follow me, it was forever!¨). We watched it it study time yesterday and it animated us a lot.
Anyway, that`s my story and I`m sticking to it. Guardenlo real esta semana.
Con amor,
Elder Belù

Elder “Obama” in Cartagena, Colombia

Hi, peoples,

This week was the transfer. My trainee is now in Puerto Colombia, Barranquilla, training. There is a new program, in which the new missionary has a special study hour almost every day for two transfers. Elder Rodriguez is training a new missionary in the second half of the program, He`s going to be in leadership real soon, going like that. Of the last two trainers in that area, one finished the mission there and went home, the other is Assistant now.
I`m training again, too. My companion is from Argentina. He was inactive for years, returned to the church a year ago, baptized his dad a month ago, and is excited to be here, even though he`s from Nuequen, in La Patagonia, and the climate is way different.

The visit of the Presidente of the US is one of the most important things that have ever happened in Cartagena. Several people have called me Obama in the street and one of the members who is returning to the church tells me every time he sees me that Obama is the best president in the world because he`s black. The idea that there`s more to it than skin color hasn`t occurred to him yet. I hadn`t heard about any kind of problem with the summit, but I`m not sure if what you explained about a scandal would be newsworthy, here.

 With Joseph`s ACT, remember that I was sure I had failed horribly both times. Maybe after seeing the results he’ll feel better. Speaking of results, did you say that Chris is already a sophomore? He hasn`t even finished the first semester yet, has he? If he has, how did it go?
Anyway, that`s that. I`m in Cartagena, but far from international summit meetings, and everything continues almost like normal.
Os amo a vosotros,
 Elder Belù

Hanging at the Beach

Hi, fambly,

I just wanted to let you all know that I´m not dead, and that I´m writing late with permission. We had a multi-zone p-day with the president and instead of teaching today, we´re having p-day at night. It´s weird, but it´s okay with me. We went to the beach and took pictures. I´ll try to send one, but the computer is slow. I put on sunscreen, by the way. I´m terribly burned, but at least I tried.
I don´t have time to write much, but nothing really happened this week. The whole week of Easter is a celebration here, so it´s harder to find people who want to listen. We set a few appointments for this week, though, with new people who should progress.
I really don´t have much to say. We ate a lot of Colombian candy, which is like a sugary sauce. They do it in the Week Holy, with fruits and vegetables (even potatoes, although I didn´t try that one) but that´s about it.
I hope you all continue well, entonces, and that you may have a good week.
Elder Belú
P.D. That was grammar espanish.

General Conference in Colombia

Cordial saludo,

This week went well. My area enchants me. Even though we`re currently a little short on great investigatores, we`re finding a lot of new people (for example, the thirteen-year-old cousin of a couple of members who was in three sessions of the conference wearing a tie, which even the members almost never do).
I don`t remember if I told you all about the activity we had, contacting with a group of young men with a brief message about the Restoration a couple of weeks ago, but we have a few investigators from there, too. Others have stopped investigating for on reason or another (a common reason is having a husband or boyfriend who doesn´t like Mormons). We keep progressing.
The Conference is a whole lot more important for me now than it was, and I always liked it. I noticed that a lot of the messages talked about the men who aren`t really active, who let their wives lead in all spiritual matters. I`ve seen that a lot in Colombia, but also in the States. I`m so glad that I come from a family that follows the guidance in the Proclamation to the World. I appreciate what you`ve all done for me more every time I talk with someone who`s family is scrambled, who`s dad, or mom, or siblings, don`t care about the family or the gospel. I talked with a kid who always accompanied us in Nuevo Bosque in the conference (in the stake center) who is sending out his papers for the mission against his family´s will. It`s tough for him.
Basically, that`s all I`ve got to say. I do have one request. I like to share personal stories, either mine or from family members, to support things we teach.  I`d like some more stories  about the scriptures, or commandments, or whichever principle, to share with investigatores. Sometimes that helps a lot.
Anyway, que sigan bien, and we`ll be communicating soon,
Los love,
Elder Belù